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Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

Posted By Marine Hasson, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Enhancing the Financial Health of Micro-entrepreneurs: Beyond a mere assessment

By Klaas Molenaar (Timpoc Consultants) and Mathilde Bauwin (ADA)

This report provides an in-depth understanding on the financial health issues of micro-enterprises, the financial well-being of the micro-entrepreneurs and the ways in which such financial health and well-being might be enhanced. The major finding is that programs related to the financial health of micro-enterprises must not only focus on assessing a micro-entrepreneur’s understanding of the financial issues related to his/her business and be able to measure their capacity to deal with those issues, but more relevantly, programs must also draw up action plans to broaden and deepen the understanding and capacity of the micro-entrepreneurs.

Read the executive summary here. 

Read the full report here. 

Tags:  entrepreneurship  finance  financial health  microentrepreneurs  sector publication 

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Fueling Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

Posted By Natalie Alm, Aspen Institute, Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fueling Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
By ANDE

This report analyzes how twenty different donors and development finance institutions (DFIs) engage with the entrepreneurship and small & growing business (SGB) sector in emerging markets. The goal of this study is to provide an overview of the main channels through which these institutions provide funding to entrepreneurs and small and growing businesses in emerging markets, reveal key statistics around this funding (such as investment size and horizon), highlight trends to look out for over the course of the next few years, and discuss implications for how ANDE should engage with each institution moving forward.

Read the executive summary here.

Read the full report here (ANDE members only).

Tags:  ANDE publication  emerging markets  Entrepreneurship  fundraising 

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Impact Investing Simplified: A Guide to Making and Receiving Impact Investments in India

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Impact Investing Simplified: A Guide to Making and Receiving Impact Investments in India
by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Nishith Desai Associates, and Thomson Reuters Foundation

In India, there has been a rise in the number of social enterprises and a growing interest in impact investing, as social enterprises look to expand and seek alternate means of funding. However, there is a knowledge gap among entrepreneurs and accelerators in understanding the legal landscape and managing negotiations related to impact investing in India. This report is a collaboration between ANDE, one of India’s leading law firms Nishith Desai Associates, and Thomson Reuters Foundation. It is an attempt to address a gap in the impact investing ecosystem in India, where there are numerous complex structural and legal concepts that require understanding, both for investors and entrepreneurs.

Read full report here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  impact investing  Social entrepreneurship  TrustLaw 

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Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America

Posted By Katherine Chen, Aspen Institute, Friday, June 7, 2019

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens in Latin America
by Value for Women

This report - a first of its kind focused on Latin America - summarizes information gathered from 48 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders in Latin America, primarily members of the ANDE network as well as 254 firms that comprise their portfolios. It includes information from surveys and key informant interviews with 24 Impact Investors and entrepreneurial ecosystem actors. The focus on the impact investing sector is important because gender equality should be front and center for Impact Investors seeking to achieve financial and social returns on their investments. This report highlights that while it is clear that gender equality is good for business and good for development, Impact Investors in Latin America are still only in the early stages of embedding this focus in their investment process and activities.

Read full report here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  impact investing  latin america  women 

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#ClosingTheGap Mekong: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assessments

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 6, 2019
Updated: Friday, May 3, 2019

#ClosingTheGap - Cambodia
by David Totten and Michael Smiddy

This country report highlights that the Cambodian entrepreneur ecosystem has good foundations based on active participation of motivated ‘ecosystem builders’ and successful entrepreneurs. However, the Cambodian Government needs to sustain broad-based improvements to the overall business environment.

Read full report here

 

#ClosingTheGap - Laos
by Matt van Roosmalen and Latdamone Phodsavang

This country report highlights that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Lao PDR depends on broad-based improvements to the overall business environment. Fast growing and larger SMEs with more internal capacity are more likely to benefit from a wider and more flexible selection of financial offerings, which would make continued growth possible and therefore allow them to emerge from the missing middle successfully.

Read full report here

 

#ClosingTheGap - Myanmar 
by David Totten
, Grace Pyone Mya Moe Lwin and Matt van Roosmalen

This country report highlights that SMEs in Myanmar face familiar challenges to other developing economies, compounded by a political and economic environment that is still in transition. This has also impacted the financial sector, and consequently SMEs’ access to credit. A flourishing tech ecosystem indicates high potential, yet at this time, there have been few opportunities for SMEs with traditional business models.

Read full report here

 

#ClosingTheGap - Vietnam
by Matt van Roosmalen and David Totten

This country report highlights that the Vietnamese entrepreneur ecosystem is developing very quickly, with an increasing number of participants and diversity of services. Support for ecosystem development is equally diverse, with government, development partners, and domestic and international private sector accounting for significant investment.

Read full report here

Tags:  ecosystem  Entrepreneurship  SMEs  southeast asia 

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Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative: Phase I

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2018
Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative: Phase I
by ANDE, Center for Development Alternatives, Enterprise Uganda, Koltai & Company

ANDE, the Center for Development Alternatives, Enterprise Uganda, and Koltai & Company released the Phase I findings of ANDE's Uganda Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Initiative on November 28. The Phase I report maps the entrepreneurial ecosystems of Kampala and Gulu—two key regions for Ugandan economic growth. It then outlines a strategic path forward for promoting entrepreneurship in these regions, recommending specific actions to overcome ecosystem constraints. The second phase of the initiative will use these findings to design and implement a multi-stakeholder, multi-million-euro program to develop Ugandan entrepreneurship, beginning in 2019. Read the full report.

Click here to read the press release.

Tags:  2018  ANDE publication  economic growth  entrepreneurship  Uganda 

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Fostering Productive Entrepreneurship Communities: Key Lessons on Generating Jobs, Economic Growth & Innovation

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Fostering Productive Entrepreneurship Communities: Key Lessons on Generating Jobs, Economic Growth & Innovation
by Endeavor Insight

Endeavor Insight recently completed one of the largest studies ever conducted on entrepreneurship communities. This research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in order to answer the following question: How can decision makers empower local entrepreneurship communities to become more productive?

This project is one of the first studies to use network analyses to assess the collective impact of founders, investors, support organizations, and other entrepreneurship actors.  You can learn more and download the full report here.

Tags:  2018  development  entrepreneurship  sector publication 

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Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 28, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Entrepreneurship and Gender in Latin America
Camelia Ilie, Guillermo Cardoza, Andrés Fernández, Haydee Tejada
INCAE Business School

The results of this research paper show that women perceive greater inequality in opportunities to create companies and face more barriers in accessing resources, mainly financial ones, to develop their enterprises. These barriers have a negative effect on the outcomes and growth prospects of businesses created by women. Indeed, they prevent women, who represent more than 50% of the population, from efficiently contributing to the creation of wealth and jobs in Latin American countries.

Read the full report.

Tags:  2018  Entrepreneurship  gender 

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Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Unleashing the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

by Babson College and The Coca-Cola Company

This report provides an overview of The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 initiative, starting with its multi-dimensional contextual setting: the extensive focus on gender equality shared by governments, NGOs and private enterprise, and Coca-Cola’s commitment to and investment in a broad array of initiatives focused on economic development, sustainability, and social goals. The report then describes eight programs from six value chain sectors: Producers, Suppliers, Distributors, Retailers, Recyclers and Artisans, and it concludes with a review of 5by20’s efforts to measure the impact of the initiative, a summary of key elements that contribute to successful scaling, and lessons learned. 

Download the case study here.

Tags:  Entrepreneurship  gender  INGOs  Private Sector  Scale  scaling program  sector publication  sustainability  women 

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Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Opportunity

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Opportunity:
A Case Study of the New Mongolian Entrepreneurship Landscape

by Molly McKeon, Research Fellow at Center for Social Impact Learning

This study was commissioned by the Center for Social Impact Learning out of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. It is an effort to shed light on the emerging social entrepreneurship scene in Mongolia to better identify opportunities for future research, collaborations, programs, or investment by partner organizations. 

Download the case study here.

Tags:  Case Studies  Entrepreneurship  innovation  opportunity  sector publication 

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